Berlinale: Prizes Generation


Awards and Juries in the Generation section

In this section the jury members are no older than those of the audience. Eleven children and seven teens award the best films with Crystal Bears. Special Mentions are given for outstanding achievements. Two international juries present further prizes in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competition.

Prizes of the Children’s Jury in the Competition Generation Kplus

Killa, Hitono Nozomino Yorokobiyo, Sprout, Sepatu Baru

The members of the Children's Jury in Generation Kplus - Charlotte Dammasch, Fiona Lukas, Lara Kläffling, Fabian Krüger, Daria Rabes, Zoe Rentmeister, Lilly Rinklebe, Quinten Samrotzki, Jan-Hendrik Schmahl, Cosmo Schüppel and Janek Sommerfeldt - give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Killa by Avinash Arun

This film convinced us in all respects: with his good camera work and the great actors, but also because of its incredibly beautiful nature images which blend perfectly with the music. This film made us all want to discover India.

Special Mention: Hitono Nozomino Yorokobiyo by Masakazu Sugita

Out of so many wonderful movies, this film in particular touched us and carried us away. Due to the fantastic actors, especially the terrific young protagonists, we could empathize with their experiences and were even moved to tears. Down to the smallest details, in this story everything fits together.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Sprout by Ga-eun Yoon

A child embarks on an adventure through its own city, to prove that it is no longer too young. Through everyday and yet strange encounters, the girl collects on the road a lot of experience. The story, and how it was told, touched us deeply.

Special Mention: Sepatu Baru by Aditya Ahmad

We saw a touching story about a girl who wishes with all her heart that it stops raining. Through its wonderful imagery, this film gave us an understanding of the tradition of a faraway country.

Prizes of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Ciencias Naturales, Killa, Moy lichniy los‘, el

The members of the Generation Kplus International Jury - Christian Bellaj, Boudewijn Koole, Catriona McKenzie - give the following awards:

The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk:
Ciencias Naturales by Matías Lucchesi

This film shows us a pure, distilled and unsentimental journey towards identity. It is a captivating tale with wonderful acting and a clear vision. Strong in its simplicity, the film touched our hearts.

Special Mention:
Killa by Avinash Arun

A beautifully photographed story about the challenges of being a boy. This film had wonderful pace and rhythm. Never reverting to clichés, the fresh performances left us feeling we were right there with the characters.

The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best short film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk:
Moy lichniy los‘ by Leonid Shmelkov

A whimsical understanding of the human condition told with a deft hand, and a unique sense of humour. Achieved with great craft skills and heart.

Special Mention:
el by Roland Ferge

An elegant and formal artistic vision that resonates meaning beyond the seams of the film. A visual poem!

Prizes of the Youth Jury in the Competition Generation 14plus

52 Tuesdays, ärtico, Mike, Emo (the musical)

The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Simon Kalmbach, Luca Kokol, Karla Laitko, Leonie Mo Munder, Paula Noack, Nicola Scholz and Florian Stündel - give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film: 52 Tuesdays by Sophie Hyde

The situation is exceptional but familiar. This year’s winning movie is both suprising and touching. It is a movie about family and the quest for identity, and despite all the conflicts, the protagonists stay connected through their love to each other. The moving story is presented in a fascinating structure and convinces with strong characters, humour, clever ideas and sensitivity.

Special Mention: ärtico by Gabri Velàzquez

This film dared to do it differently. In a unique manner this film interwoves sentences, rhythm, audio and content, creating an overall picture. Supported by strong images it developed its very own film language und impressed us with that.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Mike by Petros Silvestros

We've decided on a short movie that illustrates an intricate topic in only a few minutes. The movie creates a frame which spectators then can fill with their own imagination, leaving space for their own interpretation. With subtle imagery, this film tells a story that takes an unexpected turn.

Special Mention: Emo (the musical) by Neil Triffett

This year’s special mention goes to a movie that takes a look at group identity and peer pressure, with a surprising and pleasant lightness of touch. It convinced us with its firework of funny dialogues, melodies and humour, making fun of itself while never becoming ridiculous.

Prizes of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Violet, Einstein and Einstein, Vetrarmorgun, Søn

The members of the new Generation 14plus International Jury - Laura Astorga Carrera, Jan Soldat and N. Bird Runningwater - give the following awards:

The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):
Violet by Bas Devos

For its abstract exploration of emotions following a tragic death and because of its exquisite sculpture of cinematography, sound and story the Jury presents the Grand Prix for the best feature film to Violet by Bas Devos.

Special Mention:
Einstein and Einstein by CAO Baoping

As the family welcomes a new highly priced son the complexities of a teenage girl’s emotional world is examined in a very subversive way. This family drama slowly reveals the layers of gender relationships in modern day China.

The Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the best short film, endowed with
€ 2,500 by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):
Vetrarmorgun by Sarakis Stórá

On a small isolated island community in the northern Atlantic two girls are standing up to the adversity of being stigmatized. For its honest and bitter portrayal of the bond between these best friends the jury gives the Special Prize for the best short film to Vetrarmorgun by Sakaris Stórá.

Special Mention:
Søn by Kristoffer Kiørboe

With precision in direction and because of the stunning performance this film shows us in a very tender way the conflicts of being caught between divorced parents. The special mention goes to: Søn.

International Jury Generation 14plus

Laura Astorga Carrera
Laura Astorga Carrera was born in 1975 in San José, Costa Rica, and grew up in Managua, Havana, Miami and Frankfurt. She has travelled the world, in particular for her film education, studying in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba and Argentina. Her short film Ellas se aman (2008) premiered at Locarno Film Festival and subsequently screened at numerous international festivals including in Paris, São Paulo, Milan and London. In 2013 her feature debut Princesas Rojas screened in the Berlinale Generation section.

Jan Soldat
Even whilst Jan Soldat was still studying at the University of Film and Television "Konrad Wolf" (HFF) in Potsdam-Babelsberg, his much-discussed short documentary Geliebt (Be Loved) screened in the 2010 Berlinale Shorts section. In 2012 he was back at the Berlinale with two more short films: CRAZY DENNIS TIGER screened in Generation 14plus and LAW and ORDER in Panorama. His graduation film The Incomplete (2013) recently won the CinemaXXI Award for Short Film in Rome and is nominated for the Short Film Prize by the German Film Critics Association.

N. Bird Runningwater
As director of the "Native American and Indigenous" programme at the Sundance Institute, N. Bird Runningwater is committed to the development of a global indigenous film community. His support of a new generation of filmmakers is drawing increasing attention to indigenous cinema throughout the world. Projects benefiting from his support include the two Generation films Eagle vs. Shark and Boy by Taika Waititi as well as Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's feature debut On the Ice which won the Crystal Bear and the Best First Feature Award at the 2011 Berlinale. N. Bird Runningwater has been an advisor for the Berlinale “NATIVe - A Journey into Indigenous Cinema” special series since 2013.

Youth Jury Generation 14plus

Simon Kalmbach, Luca Kokol, Karla Laitko, Leonie Mo Munder, Paula Noack, Nicola Scholz, Florian Stündel

International Jury Generation Kplus

Christian Bellaj
Film journalist Christian Bellaj has worked at Nuremberg's "Radio Z" since 1992 and has shaped several music, (film) culture and political formats on the channel. He has been reporting on the Berlinale, particularly the Generation section, in "Frames" film magazine for 20 years. With the "Radio Handicap" and "Radio Ohrenblicke" projects he regularly organises radio broadcasts with and for people with various disabilities. Alongside all this he teaches film and media at the Nuremberg Centre of Education and presents a magazine programme for youth radio.

Boudewijn Koole
After graduating in industrial design at Delft University, the self-taught Boudewijn Koole devoted himself to shorts and documentaries and most recently also to feature films. His artistic work focuses in particular on children and young people. In 2012 he impressed the Generation Kplus International Jury with his feature film debut Kauwboy which won the The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature film as well as the Berlinale's Best First Feature Award.

Catriona McKenzie
Since graduating from the highly-regarded Australian Film Television and Radio School, Australian Catriona McKenzie has worked as director, screenwriter and producer on numerous award-winning productions including the short film The Third Note, TV series Dance Academy, My Place and Satisfaction as well as the documentary Mr Patterns. In 2013 her feature debut Satellite Boy was honoured with Special Mentions from the Children's Jury Generation Kplus as well as the Generation Kplus International Jury.

Children’s Jury Generation Kplus

Charlotte Dammasch, Fiona Lukas, Lara Kläffling, Fabian Krüger, Daria Rabes, Zoe Rentmeister, Lilly Rinklebe, Quinten Samrotzki, Jan-Hendrik Schmahl, Cosmo Schüppel, Janek Sommerfeldt

After each Generation screening, questionnaires are distributed amongst the audience. The form offers audience members a chance to express their thoughts and opinions about the film. The film questionnaires do not have to be returned immediately in the cinema but can be completed at home and sent back to Generation by post within one month.

Every year, about 1,500 filmgoers return the questionnaire. Respondents who write openly, honestly and vividly about their film experience stand a chance of being selected to award the Crystal Bears themselves at the following year’s festival. Only children who will be aged 11-14 during the upcoming festival can sit on the Children’s Jury. The members of the Youth Jury must be at least 14, but no older than 18.

The questionnaires are also forwarded to the directors of the participating films, so that each filmmaker can find out first hand how his or her film was received by the Berlin audience.